LISTEN: A Firsthand Account Of What It’s Like To Have COVID-19


Letha Mullins is a nurse who lives in Logan County, West Virginia. She was diagnosed with COVID-19 on March 24 and spent more than two weeks in self-isolation. In this audio postcard she talks about how the virus took a toll on her body and her spirit.

Mullins was cleared to go back to work Wednesday for her night shift. She said she was tired but made it through and planned to work again Thursday night. That piece was produced by Molly Born and Zander Aloi.

This week’s episode of Mountain Stage revisits a special edition of the show host Larry Groce originally compiled in the wake of September 11, 2001. “Songs of Hard Times and Hope” includes uplifting and inspirational songs from Sarah McLachlan, R.E.M., Billy Bragg, The Band, June Tabor, Richard Thompson and more.

For our Song of the Week, Larry chose Rodney Crowell’s “Love Is All I Need,” which originally appears on Crowell’s 2001 album Houston Kid.

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Our Appalachia Health News project is made possible with support from CAMC and Marshall Health.

West Virginia Morning is produced with help from Caitlin Tan, Jessica Lilly, Kara Lofton, Liz McCormick, Dave Mistich, Eric Douglas, Cory Knollinger, Emily Allen, and Roxy Todd. Brittany Patterson produces our show.

Our news director is Glynis Board. Our host is Teresa Wills.